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Cats and domestication – a road less travelled

By Claire Hargrave

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Cats are the favoured domestic companion in the USA and their numbers are closely approaching that status in the UK. Yet the cat’s motivation for their behaviours, particularly those that stretch the limits of the human–cat bond, remain a mystery to many owners. By looking at the cat’s journey to domestication, we gain an understanding of the motivation for some of the cat’s natural behaviours, providing the veterinary team with answers to frequent owner queries.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2015
Publication Title Veterinary Nursing Journal
Volume 30
Issue 9
Pages 263-266
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/17415349.2015.1068142
Language English
Additional Language English
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  • Claire Hargrave (2018), "Cats and domestication – a road less travelled,"

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  1. Animal roles
  2. Cats
  3. Domestication
  4. Mammals
  5. Pet ownership
  6. Pets and companion animals